We should have seen it coming Thursday night when the Tennessee Titans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. We should have seen it coming when Dez Bryant made a tremendous touchdown catch to bring the Dallas Cowboys within a 2-point conversion against the Baltimore Ravens, only to see him drop the 2-point conversion pass. We should have seen it coming when the Philadelphia Eagles blew a 10-point 4th-quarter lead against the Detroit Lions, only to lose in overtime. Perhaps it was Russel Wilson's bomb to Sidney Rice that led the Seattle Seahawks to a victory over the New England Patriots that should have alerted us all. You're probably wondering what exactly we all should have been aware of at this point. We all should have been aware that something incredibly ridiculous was going to happen Monday night, because the entire week has been upside-down in the NFL. Watching Philip Rivers implode and allow the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning to come back and win, in Qualcomm Stadium, should have been something we all saw happening before it did. Each week, a list is put together ranking the top 5 most valuable players in the NFL, at that point in the season. After this past week, this list can be in any order, as the question finally arises... Who really wants to be the MVP this season? So without further ado, let's give this a shot, shall we?
#5. Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings (Last Week : 4) (603 yards from scrimmage, 3 total TD) - The debate is legitimately there now, as to whether Adrian Peterson or Percy Harvin is more valuable to the Vikings offense. Obviously, Peterson is going to garner a lot attention from defensive gameplans, but Harvin can do just about anything Peterson can do, besides run through a brick wall. Harvin quietly had 11 catches for 133 yards against the Redskins on Sunday, bringing his receptions per game to slightly over 8, well above his career average of 5 per game.
#4. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins (LW : Unranked) (1,722 total yards, 11 total TD, 3 turnovers) - Everyone was concerned about how the current Heisman Trophy winner was going to do in his return to the field after leaving last week's game with a concussion. Griffin responded by having his best game in terms of completion percentage, as well as nearly doubling his best rushing effort of the year. Combining for 320 yards on the ground and in the air, as well as 3 touchdowns, brings Griffin back into the mix as far as MVP talk is concerned.
#3. Arian Foster / J.J. Watt, RB/DE, Houston Texans (Last Week : Foster - UR, Watt - 1) (633 total yards, 8 total TD / 9.5 sacks, 8 pass deflections) - It was stated last week that Arian Foster deserved to be on the list, right next to teammate J.J. Watt among the top of the leaders. This week, Foster is included, along with Watt, simply because it seemed like the only two people on the Texans that showed up against the Green Bay Packers were those two. Foster had two rushing touchdowns, and Watt had two sacks in what ended up being a blowout victory for the Packers. While the Texans may no longer be undefeated, they still are arguably the class of the AFC.
#2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (LW : UR) - (1,762 total yards, 16 touchdowns, 4 INT) - It is impossible to not include someone in a conversation about the most valuable player after a week in which they accounted for 6 touchdowns. It also doesn't hurt the argument when that person is the defending MVP winner. Rodgers picked apart a Texans pass defense that was ranked 5th in the league going into Sunday night, and did so by tossing touchdowns to three different receivers, with three of those scores going to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers tied the franchise record for passing touchdowns in game, a record that was set in the regular season finale last year by Matt Flynn, a game that Rodgers did not play in.
#1. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (LW : 2) (1,823 total yards, 15 total TD, 7 turnovers) - Yes, he threw three interceptions against the Oakland Raiders. Yes, he has had to bring his team back from either being behind or being tied on multiple occasions this season. It isn't like that's something brand new to Ryan. After all, this past Sunday was Ryan's 19th winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtim, which by the way is the most of any quarterback in his first five seasons during the Super Bowl era. He is the leader of the only remaining undefeated team, and he is the leader of the current MVP Power Rankings. With the Falcons on a bye this coming week, Rodgers will have to repeat Sunday night's performance all over again to have a chance of changing that.